Man accused of sending ricin letters to Obama, Miss. senator arrested

FBI ID's suspect Paul Kevin Curtis

WASHINGTON - A Mississippi man was arrested Wednesday and is accused of sending letters with suspected ricin poison to President Barack Obama and other leaders.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said 45-year-old Paul Kevin Curtis was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his apartment in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line, about 100 miles east of Memphis.

Authorities still waited for definitive tests on the letters to Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., which had raised concern Wednesday at a time when many people were jittery after the Boston bombings.

Earlier Wednesday, the FBI said the letters sent to Obama and Wicker were related and were both postmarked out of Memphis, Tenn., dated April 8.

In an intelligence bulletin obtained by The Associated Press, the FBI said the letters both say: "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance."

Both letters are signed, "I am KC and I approve this message." Both the letters to Wicker, R-Miss., and to Obama were intercepted at off-site mail facilities.

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